The Ripple in the Hand

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vision

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I saw this picture on “HMCC Photographers” Facebook group. It really inspired me so I asked if I can get a copy of it. Then I found out that the photographer was the accomplished Jerry Uelsmann.

I looked through some of his works on his website. Some of his stuff was a little bit out there for me, but over all it was quite interesting. His use of lighting and the black/white tones are pretty incredible.

Even though HMCC’s logo is the ripple (which represents transformation – Ac 1:8) if it is not in the hands of God then it will not go very far.

Through this picture I was reminded that transformation is the Lord’s work and we are just joining Him for the ride. It is my sincere prayer that each one of us will experience that first ripple so that we can ripple out to the nations.

My Hair Dresser Was Right

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Several months ago, I was getting a haircut… well more like a trim (I still have long hair) and the hair dresser that I have been going to for the last 10+ years said, “You look just like a famous singer (actor) in China.” I kind of chuckled because with that many people in China, I am sure there are some people who look like each other.

But she kept on insisting that I keep the look that I have because I look like that famous person. I went home and told Christina about what was said. She was just as incredulous as me. I think she wanted to boost my ego and said, “Honey, there is NO ONE like you… you are one of a kind!”

Well, this morning a member in my church forwarded me a picture that she got from another member who was in China… and you would not believe what I saw!

I forwarded the picture to Christina and she was on the floor laughing. In fact, to test the authenticity of the “look alike,” Christina called my daughter Karissa who is 3.5 years old and asked her, “who is this?” Karissa said, “Daddy!” OMG!

I was going to cut my hair soon, but maybe I should just keep it long and then go to China and draw a crowd and tell people that I have found Jesus and so should they.
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I guess my look alike is trying to sell some Chinese alcohol

An Asian Miss Universe

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

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As I was reading up on the news this morning, I found out that on Monday night, the winner of Miss Universe 2007 was a 20 year old Japanese dancer name Akiko Kojima. First of all, I don’t think in my lifetime I have seen an Asian person win Miss Universe. But after some research, I found out that there have been other Asian winners.

It has been estimated that over 1 billion people watched this two-hour primetime telecast in over 170 countries as contestants from 77 countries competed for the crown. Wow, talk about a global event.

It is interesting that due to various media exposure and globalization, more Asians are being recognized in the public arena (this is a side note, but the 3rd runner up with Miss Korea). I guess it helped that 2 of the 10 telecast judges were well known Asian-Americans (Michelle Kwan and James Kyson Lee).

I don’t know why but whenever people have this kind of spotlight, I always wonder to myself – “what would be like if they were a committed Christ-follower and used their platform to shine Christ?” Now I don’t know if she is a believer or not, but just think about the influence… anyways, I am just rambling.

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I think it was the dress that did it – wait, don’t peacocks use their feathers to mesmerize other peacocks

What Single-mindedness Can Do

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

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Cindy Sheehan became the poster-child of the anti-war movement. She lost her son, Casey in April 2004 in a battle in Baghdad. Sheehan received national attention when she camped outside of President Bush’s home in Texas wanting to meet to talk about her son’s death.

But on Monday, she decided to walk away from the anti-war movement.

In her written goodbye, CNN quotes, “I will try to maintain and nurture some very positive relationships that I have found in the journey that I was forced into when Casey died and try to repair some of the ones that have fallen apart since I began this single-minded crusade to try and change a paradigm that is now, I am afraid, carved in immovable, unbendable and rigidly mendacious marble.”

Sheehan explained how her crusade has cost her marriage and left her with nothing. Her relationship with her surviving children was also strained.

As I was reading this story, couple of things ran through my mind:

1) Is this what happens to people when they single-mindedly give everything to a cause?

2) Is there anything in this world that is worth losing your marriage and your family over?

I don’t know why but I had compassion for her. She believed in something with all her heart and she was “all in.” But at the end, she said she had become more disillusioned with both the Republican and Democratic parties – and with the whole “system.”

Then, this got me thinking about Christianity and how Christ calls us to be “all in” – to the point of giving up everything, even our parents and the people that we love (Luke 14:26-27).

What is the difference? What if we get disillusioned at the end? Is this single-mindedness in following Christ worth it?

I guess the answer lies in the common denominator.

Is the “cause” worth giving everything for – and even dying for?